You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.
It is easy to be brave at a safe distance.
Nothing is as easy as it looks.
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
It is better to be looked over than overlooked.
Where you stand depends on where you sit.
There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacing of the spheres.
Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world.
Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power.
Love make us poets, and the approach of death should make us philosophers.
Fine clothes may disguise, but silly words will disclose a fool.
It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.
It takes a great man to be a good listener.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.
There is an art, or rather a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
The lie is a condition of life.
If you meditate, sooner or later you will come upon love. If you meditate deeply, sooner or later you will start feeling a tremendous love arising in you that you have never known before.